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This report was prepared under the Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) Program. The mSTAR Program is a strategic investment by USAID to advance mobile solutions and close the gaps that hold back access and uptake. mSTAR supports broad-based coordinated action by a range of market stakeholders including governments, donors, mobile service providers and their customers.
This innovative pilot implemented in a rural part of the Swat Valley in Pakistan was designed to leverage technologies to provide farmers with low literacy rates with up-to-date market and training information, digitally disseminated through their mobile phones, in their local language, and helping them to increase the quality and quantity of their produce.
This document outlines the key lessons learned for the cost-effective implementation of a household livelihoods survey, drawn from the experience of a successful effort in earthquake-affected Pakistan.
This Microinsurance Paper estimates the role of information in insurance take-up using data from a randomized experiment in rural China where information was either offered directly through financial education or accessed indirectly through social networks. Unlike previous studies, the experimental design allows to not only to identify the causal effect of social networks, but also to differentiate the various channels through which they operate, including the improvement of negotiating power, imitation, and social learning of insurance benefits.